Skip to comments.Parkinson’s sufferer arrested in Leatherhead for ‘not smiling’
Posted on 08/08/2012 2:30:24 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
A MAN arrested during the Olympic cycling road race says he was detained for "not smiling".
Martial arts trainer Mark Worsfold, 54, was arrested shortly before cyclists passed through Leatherhead on July 28 due to "his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course", according to police.
But Mr Worsfold, who had been doing a Taekwondo demonstration in Red House Gardens, said officers told him he was arrested because he was not smiling and he added that his face can seem expressionless due to his Parkinson's disease.
"I was sitting minding my own business," he said. "Before I knew anything the police grabbed me off this seven-foot wall, threw me to the floor and cuffed me so all I saw of the cycle race was between the feet of people from the pavement."
Mr Worsfold was detained for five hours, and his wife only found out where he was after reporting him missing when he did not turn up for his daughter's birthday party.
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Very gently, when my mind was assured again, did they break to me what they had learned of the fate of Leatherhead. Two days after I was imprisoned it had been destroyed, with every soul in it, by a Martian. He had swept it out of existence, as it seemed, without any provocation, as a boy might crush an ant hill, in the mere wantonness of power.I thought it had been destroyed?
Thank God he wasn't holding Ockham's razor.
From The Onion News Network, right?
Makes me think of Ren and Stimpy’s Happy Pill. “I Am SO HAPPY....” with tears and gritted teeth.
“...but as he was wearing his logo on his uniform he worries it may affect his reputation and has asked for a letter of exoneration from police....”
Yep, we all need letters from the police. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
Coming soon to your street...
No need for probable cause, of course.
Pardon my ignorance, but how can a guy with Parkinson’s disease do a taekwondo demonstration if it has got to the stage where he can’t even smile anymore?
It is a shame that 90% of people in the US will not understand your humor.
Hey never had the fabulous toy, “Log”.
What this probably was, I suspect, was some British police getting a quickie “how to identify possible terrorists” course which included stuff about facial expression, clothing, etc.
Which was probably a half-assed version of the training that Israeli security people get about how they decide who to question more extensively, etc., that actually has some validity.
brings to mind the photo of John Hinckley just before the Reagan assassination attempt. Only guy in the crowd NOT smiling
As a subject of the crown, his facial expressions are not his own, they belong to the Queen. Parkinson’s disease is no excuse.
lol! And what about Moochelle?
They should have had Smiling Bob there.
Spanish lady come to me, she lays on me this rose
It rainbow spirals round and round, it trembles and explodes
It left a smoking crater of my mind I like to blow away
But the heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day
— Grateful Dead